You want to do it, I know you do.Come
on it is so easy!
Summary:M.E. Dana Scully comes across several unexplained deaths that can only be suicides.The problem is that the instruments of death are missing from the locked rooms and
the bodies are placed on the bed.Enter Fox Mulder, FBI profiler.They meet and work together on the case and find out that they have an almost mystical bond.Oh, yes, Frohike gets some action too.
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Disclaimer:The recognized characters are used Without Prejudice and are the property of C. Carter,
Fox and the wonderful actors who breathed life into written words, most notably G. Anderson and D. Duchovny who were able
to make us believe in the improbable.No Infringements of these copyrights are
intended, and are used here without permission.The story and before unknown
characters belongs to me.Places and names are fictitious.They tell me DC is real but seeing what comes out of there makes me think I’ve been lied to.
To Kim Knight, you are the best, thank you – read the author’s notes girl.To my Dennis, enough said.To CC and Company, who created the X-Files.Lastly, but my no means least, to the readers, you
make this hobby of mine have meaning.
Notes: This story is dedicated to KimK and is an early birthday present to her.Kim is always there for me to
give a little nudge or a slap at the back of my head when needed.Kim loves Alternate
Universes so I created one just for her.
Suicide 3:A Time of Pregnancy and Marriage
and his long time partner Reggie Perdue were waiting for AD Skinner to return so they could start the meeting.Skinner had been busy and hadn’t had a moment to himself all day.So when Mulder and Purdue came in he begged a few minutes to visit the restroom and get some coffee.
just sat in the chair smiling.Reggie noticed he’d been doing that a lot
lately.It started when he began seeing that little red head, Dana Scully, Dr.
Dana Scully.She was definitely good for Mulder and Reggie, for one, was glad
to see Mulder happy.
witch of an ex-wife of his put him through the ringer.Reggie would never forget
the bedraggled Mulder who ended up on his doorstep the night it was over between them.
solved that case in California a lot sooner than expected
so they were able to head home early.Mulder didn’t even call his wife,
he wanted to surprise her.They hadn’t been married all that long but Reggie
knew they were having some serious problems.
were reporting to Patterson back then and the man was a frigging slave driver; and he was particularly hard on Mulder.It was generally understood that the bastard wanted to break Mulder; damned near succeeded,
with a little help from Mulder’s wife.
were waiting for their plane and Mulder was busy on the phone making reservations and ordering flowers.Mulder had driven to the airport so he dropped Reggie off before heading home.Three hours later Mulder was at Reggie’s door looking like he’d finally cracked and smelling
like he’d been tossed into a keg of stale beer.
only thing Mulder said was that it was finally over with Diana.To this day Mulder
never told him what happened.Reggie had his suspicions but he never knew for
sure and he sure as heck wasn’t going to ask.
immediately went on a bender, not liquor, women.He became a serial one night
stander, never seeing any woman more than once.Thank goodness that didn’t
last very long; Reggie hated fielding those ‘day after’ phone calls.It
got so bad that Reggie told Mulder that if one more bimbo called he’d give them Mulder’s home number and address.
didn’t know if Mulder quit the circuit or if he just gave them phony numbers.He suspected that it was the former more than the latter.
did know that she showed up a few years later and Mulder and Diana reconciled for a short time.Mulder was miserable the entire time.
never quite understood why Mulder tried the reconciliation but he suspected he felt guilty about not paying Diana enough attention
during their marriage.Or at least that was how Diana maneuvered him.Reggie couldn’t recall Mulder smiling once the entire time.Again, he didn’t know what ended it but he was damned glad when it was over.
next time Reggie heard anything about Mulder’s dating life was when Mulder, himself, told him about Dana Scully.Reggie had just returned from vacationing with his wife, Renee’s, family in
Key West.He walked in on Monday morning in his post vacation stupor and was shocked to find
that Mulder hadn’t arrived yet.That only happened when Mulder had been
sent to the field.He checked his e-mail for some indication as to where Mulder
was and found nothing; he picked up the phone to call Skinner when Mulder came through the door.It took one look to see that something monumental had happened during his absence.Mulder looked rested and he was smiling, not just a cursory twitch of his lips, but a real smile that lit
up his eyes.
hadn’t even had to ask because Mulder just blurted it out.“Reg,
I met her.I thought I was in love before but I have to tell you it was nothing
like this.Her name is Dana. . .”Mulder went into all the details of how they met, how wonderful she was and beautiful and everything that every man
says when thinks he’s in love.
was terrified.He was so afraid Mulder was going to get hurt again.Hell, he’d only been gone for two weeks and Mulder was head over heels.That couldn’t be good.But it was good and a year later
it still was.
introduced them that same day at lunch and she turned out to be everything Mulder said she was, even a bit more.He watched their interaction during the meal.They acted like
they’d known each other for years not just days.It was spooky.
were nearly inseparable.When Mulder and he were in the field, Mulder would call
her at least three times every day no matter what they were doing.Morning, and night he called
his ‘Scully.’He also called her whenever he was blocked; it always
worked.There was something about the little redhead that relaxed Mulder and
that would let the genius flow.
was pulled from his musings by Mulder. “See anything you like?”Busted, Mulder’s smile broadened and Reggie coughed to cover his embarrassment
at being caught staring.Luckily Skinner chose that moment to walk in.
about making you wait.”He barely got seated when the intercom
I hate to disturb you but there is an emergency call for Agent Mulder.”His
assistant, Kim, said.
put the call on speaker.“Hello, to whom am I speaking?”Skinner asked.
name is Grace Moore and I’m. . .”
didn’t get to finish when Mulder pounced.“Grace, what happened to
don’t worry.She’d kill me if you worried about her.She was writing her notes from the latest autopsy and she fainted.I called for help and she darned near took my head off when they carted her out of there.I’m waiting for word.She’s at George Washington.”
was out of the room before she could finish, Reggie and Skinner were in fast pursuit.
found out from the admissions desk where her room was.The trio met Grace just
outside Scully’s room and she and Mulder hugged each other.
won’t tell me anything,” Grace told them tearfully.
started to turn, “I’ll see what I can find out.”
Mulder is listed as her next of kin.They’ll tell him.”
went to the floor nurses station.After checking Scully’s file the nurse
told Mulder about Scully’s condition.
Scully was brought in after she’d been found lying on the floor of her office.Her vitals were good and Dr. Tern ordered to keep her for observation and if nothing happened she’d be released.Unfortunately, she started having bouts of nausea followed by severe vomiting.Dr. Tern ordered that she be admitted.We’ve
got her on fluids and we’re waiting for the results of her blood work.”The nurse put her hand on Mulder’s shoulder.“We don’t
know anything yet so don’t just worry yourself sick.She’s in there
and I think she really would like to see you.I was talking to her while I took
her vitals and she’s kinda stuck on you.”
smile played at Mulder’s lips in spite of himself.
took a deep breath and entered Scully’s room.Her eyes were closed and
at first he thought she was sleeping but her hand reached out for him.She scooted
over to make room for him on the bed.“I love you, Mulder.”
love you too, Scully.”
they tell you anything?”
that you fainted and started vomiting.Scully, tell me.Have you had any other occurrences?
felt a little queasy for the last three or four days, but you knew about that.”He nodded; they thought she was coming down with the flu.“I just
finished the report on the Terrance autopsy and I got up to get some coffee.The
next thing I know I was on a gurney.I think I owe Grace a big apology.”
just being okay will be enough,” Grace said from the doorway.“Is
it all right for us to come in?”
I didn’t know you were all out there.”Scully was waving them in.“Grace, I’m so sorry for being angry.”
you were not angry, you were mad.”She reached down and took Scully’s
hand.“I love you, girlfriend, but you get to explain to Melvin why his
love muffin won’t be too receptive tonight.”
face scrunched up. “Grace!Too much information!”The room erupted in laughter.
what I like to see.”Dr. Tern came into the room.“Dana, could I speak to you privately?I have the results
of your blood work.”
it be okay if Mulder stayed?”She asked.
this is Mulder?”The doctor offered his hand.The other three slipped from the room and closed the door.
and Scully just held each other.Dr. Tern took a moment to review the file.“Dana, Fox, take those worried looks off your faces.”
say that Dana will be back to normal in about seven and a half months, give or take a week or two.”Dr. Tern saw from their faces that they didn’t follow.
you are a doctor and as such you know that nature often makes fools out of doctors.”Still they seemed to not understand and Dr. Tern drew in an exasperated sigh.“Congratulations, Dana, or maybe I should say mom, you too, dad.”
mumbled, “Mom and dad.Oh, God!Are
you saying. . .”Mulder turned to Scully ready to hug her for dear life
when her look of fear stopped him.She was remembering Jack Willis’ reaction.He spoke softly, “Dana Katherine Scully, I love you and,” his smile broadened,
“we made a baby.”He placed his hand gently on her stomach.
eyes searched his and whatever it was that she needed to see must have been there because she hurled herself to him.Scully kissed the side of his face then whispered, “We made a baby.You created a miracle Mulder; our miracle.”
doctor cleared his throat.“With your history we are going to have to be
really careful.I’ve already contacted your Gynecologist, Dr. Fields, and
told her about this.She wants to see you tomorrow at .
don’t see a reason to make you stay the night as long as you won’t be alone.”He cocked his head toward the door.“I’m going
to let the others in here.I think you might want to brace yourselves for some
led the trio and saw the looks passing between the two people sitting on the bed.The
way they were acting she new it wasn’t bad news.“Stop gazing at
each other and tell us.”Grace demanded good naturedly.
spoke, “hey Grace, you ready to be a Godmother?”
. ., Dana!”She ran to the bed.“My
girl is having a baby.Wait till I tell my boys.”There was a twinkle in her eyes.“So, do we just assume
Mulder here is the father?”
proud papa to you!”Mulder’s eyes never left Scully’s face.“Isn’t she amazing?”Mulder
knew he was laying it on a little thick but he needed her to know that he wasn’t like Willis.He wanted this baby almost as much as he wanted its mom.
and Reggie just stood watching, complete shock had overtaken them.
got Scully settled in bed then went to heat up some chicken broth.The smile
had not faded from his face.Pictures of a little redhead prancing around in
a tutu or a tall dark haired baseball player kept running through his mind.He’d
never thought about children until he met Scully.Even before she’d told
him about her first pregnancy and what that bastard Willis did he’d envisioned having children with her.
before this baby gets born there is something else that needs to be done.
put the tray over her slight body and sat next to her.“You know, Scully,
now that you’ve made me a dad you’re going to have to marry me.”
that so?You expect me to make an honest man of you?Well, I suppose if we have to, we have to.”
leaned over and kissed her.
God.”He got up and grabbed something out of his suit coat then moved back
to the bed.“I’ve been carrying this around for weeks.”He held out a jeweler’s box that obviously carried a ring.
sat at the side of the bed and opened the box to reveal an antique rose gold ring with four emeralds surrounding the center
diamond.“It was my great-grandmother’s engagement ring.I was going to get you something new but Samantha reminded me about this one.When I got it out of the safety deposit box and saw it I knew this was our ring.”
had not said anything and Mulder started to get worried that he’d made the wrong call.He closed the box, “I’ll get. . .”
“No!I’m sorry I just,” she took hold of his hand.“It’s just that if I were to pick out a ring that is just what I’d pick.That is our ring and if you don’t put it on my finger right now you will have one very upset pregnant
woman on your hands, and I don’t think you can take that.”
I do have one request.”
she was too busy admiring the ring to really care.
want to be the one to tell your brother Bill.”
Scully mock growled.“Only if I get to watch.”
moved to sit on the couch and Mulder steered her to the bedroom.“Scully,
you know what the doctor said.Bed rest until she tells us otherwise.”
what am I going to do?I can’t afford to not work.I’ve got some savings but . . .”
is this ‘I’ crap?This is a ‘we’ thing and ‘we’
can afford for you to be out of work.Now stop worrying, you know what Belinda
said about stress.Now, get in that bed and take a nap.Byers is coming to stay with you and I’m meeting the others to get started packing my things.Most of my clothes are already here so the only thing I really need to bring is my
fish tank.The rest is going into storage.I made all the arrangements while you were being examined.
do you want to invite your folks over on Sunday for dinner so we can spring the news on them?”Mulder was putting on his “happy” act because Scully had been down since she was told she would
need to stay in bed most of the time.
don’t think I will be up for cooking,” Scully said quietly.
it’s a good thing I know all the best take-out.”
just reached her arms out and Mulder went to her.“You are something else.Do you know that, Mr. Mulder?”
aims to please.”He kissed her nose.“Now call your folks and then take that nap.”
Scully held her husbands hand tightly.Fox met them at the door and told them
that Dana was lying down and would be out later.Immediately her mom radar kicked
in and she was worried despite Fox’s exclamations that there was nothing to worry about.
minutes later Dana walked ‘gingerly’ out of the bedroom.Fox was
at her side the moment the door opened.Margaret and Bill watched the procession
and their anxiety grew.Mulder made sure she was settled then sat on the arm
of her chair and the pair looked at each other and held hands.It was Bill who
spoke first.“You’re getting married!That’s what all of this is about; you are getting married.”They
knew that Mulder was for all intents living with Dana.They didn’t fully
approve of the living arrangement but they did approve of the couple and they knew it was only a matter of time before they
and Scully faces broke into huge smiles.“That covers one announcement,”
Mulder said.“The other is really a surprise and,” he looked at Scully.“She’s amazing, she really is.We
just found out that Scully and I are going to be parents in a little over seven months.”
Maggie Scully grabbed her husband. “Dana, this is wonderful.How, I know that after that,”
she stopped she didn’t know if Fox knew about Dana’s miscarriage.
it’s okay, Mulder knows everything.I told him on our first date and he
didn’t go running and screaming from me.”
like I told her about my finding my ex-wife in bed with her best girlfriend.”Mulder’s face turned serious.“I know that you would have
liked us to have been married first but I hope you see this as the great gift we do.”
was Bill’s turn to say something but first he looked at his wife and she nodded.“Dana, Fox, I’m about to tell you a family secret.Bill and
Melissa were not born eighteen months after we were married they came six months after we got married.We tacked on a year so none of you would ask questions.”While
Bill just laughed at the shocked faces of the young couple.“Young people
always think they are the first to discover sex.”
that will be enough.Now, we have a wedding to plan!”
explained she didn’t want anything too fancy.Mulder explained about Scully’s
you like to have it at our house?”Bill offered.“We can accommodate a decent number and it won’t be too taxing for Dana.Hell, I’ll roll her down the aisle in a wheelchair if it will help.”
was amenable to the idea.So that was settled.Maggie said
she would call Father McCue and they would decide the date after they knew the good Father’s schedule.
Scully beamed at the duo for a moment then asked, “Fox, I know you are half Jewish so would you want a Rabbi to co-officiate?”
don’t think so; my religious training was quite lax.But before I say a
definitive no I want to check with my mom.She’s never followed the faith
all that closely but she may like to, well you know.”He hoped they did.“Her father had insisted that we have all the rights for my marriage to Diana
but he’s gone now.”
was Dana who decided, “Mulder, if you really don’t care I would like to have a Rabbi officiate with Father.It just seems right.”He nodded.
that’s settled.Now, one last obstacle.About that first marriage, you are divorced and the woman is still living?”Maggie didn’t
want to sound too nosy but Father McCue needed all the information.
was married before and legally I am divorced and I presented Diana with the ‘get’ so the marriage is dissolved
in the faith.My grandfather Kuiper insisted.”His arm tightened around Scully.“I think I’m
grateful he was a bit of a stickler.I can get you copies of all the documents
if you want?
“Maggie, Bill, I do have one request and I hope
you don’t take this wrong but I really would like to do this.Bill Jr.
has given Dana a hard time in the past and this last year he has taken every opportunity to make us aware that he looks down
on our lifestyle.I would like to be the one to tell him.I hope it will build a bridge so that we can move on.Do you
have any objections?”
I think that would be a good thing.”Maggie spoke for both she and her husband.“Bill Jr. can be too rigid in his thinking.”
interrupted.“Though it seems to be a do as I say not as I do sort of thing.I’ll bet none of you knew that he and Tara cohabitated before they were married.”Maggie gave her husband a quizzical look and he just shrugged knowing he’d have some explaining to do later.
looked at Scully and they gave each other smiles, this was information he could use to his advantage.
for the really big issue,” Bill began, “are you two still going to call each other Scully and Mulder after you’re
married?Because I’ll tell ya, it’s kinda annoying when he calls
out Scully and nearly everyone in the room responds.”
doctor was allowing her more time out of bed but she still couldn’t stand for long lengths of time.Three weeks earlier her parents showed up at her door to take her and her wheelchair shopping for her wedding
outfit.At first she balked because she thought it was a little silly, since
she and Mulder were hardly strangers to each other, but once she got to the bridal store she got into the mood.
only did she find the perfect dress, simple but elegant and her dad said, ‘from my fatherly perspective you look too
damned sexy and I should ban you from buying such an outfit,’ but an entire bridal wardrobe.Shoes that somehow managed to be sexy but still only had the small heel her doctor insisted, lace topped
hose, a nice cream colored travel suit and a, not very virginal, nightgown her mom insisted she get. ‘Fox would bite his leg off if he had to just to get to you dear.’
her purchases were at her parent’s home just waiting for Friday when they would be needed.
last month had been a blur; starting with her fainting spell, finding out she wouldn’t be able to work for the duration,
telling everyone and all the planning.Who knew that a small, simple affair would
be so involved?Flowers, invitations, food, beverages, hotel reservations, renting
chairs and all the rest of it.They had accomplished a lot in a month.
they told her parents, Scully insisted they tell his mom and dad.She’d
only met them once but she’d spoken to them quite often in the last year.She’d
found them cool but polite.Mr. Mulder, Bill, tended to drink a little heavily
and Mrs. Mulder, Teena, avoided things that were unpleasant.Mulder’s sister
Samantha was a lot like her brother and Scully liked her a lot.
got permission from her doctor for them to take the train to Massachusetts to visit.She didn’t like it but she was relegated using a wheelchair whenever they went anyplace so when the Mulder’s
saw Mulder pushing her they were extremely concerned; she hadn’t been in a wheelchair when they’d last met.Mulder had to assure them repeatedly that it was only a temporary thing but they only
stopped fussing when he blurted out, “it’s only until the baby comes.”
all stood motionless in stunned silence which Scully broke with a nervous, “surprise!”
the weekend had been a success and Mrs. Mulder was thrilled that Mulder had given Scully her grandmother’s engagement
afternoon Mrs. Mulder shooed the men out and the three ladies went into her library.While Samantha and Scully watched, Teena opened a wall safe and pulled out a jewel case.Inside was a rope of exquisite pearls; the Kuiper pearls.Teena
handed the case to Scully.
those have been in my family for generations.Every bride, with one exception,
has worn them on her wedding day and I hope you will continue the tradition.”Scully later learned that the bride who hadn’t worn the pearls was Diana.
moved to her parent’s home Wednesday.Both she and Mulder were unhappy
about not being together and Scully was really pissed at herself for agreeing with her mom on the necessity for it so they
could see to all those last minute bride things.
could hear her mom saying, “Dana, you do not want to be home while the men take Fox out for his bachelor party.Besides, there is the matter of your bachelorette party.”
bachelorette party consisted of a combined bridal and baby shower.By the end of the evening, Dana had pulled in quite the haul.Everything
from a bassinet and enough baby outfits to take him, or her, to college if she could find a way for him, or her, to never
grow, to sexy lingerie that made her blush just holding the stuff.
ten, Maggie whispered
that Fox was on the phone asking to speak with her.
picked up the receiver and heard raucous laughter and loud gyrating music in the background.
I thought you were supposed to be having your last night of debauchery?”She
I’ve missed you all day.I tried to convince your mom to let me visit for
a little while.”
can only imagine her reply to that.”
got it, and then some.”
the party not interesting?”
when a man has everything he ever wanted everything else is just flotsam.”
couldn’t help but sniffle.“You know, I just might have to keep you.I did get some very interesting presents.At
least I think you will think so.”
do tell.”Scully could almost see the lascivious look on his face.
just going to have to wait till I can give you a show.”
are a cruel woman.”
you love me anyway.”
got that right.Scully, this is so lame.I don’t want to be here.”
is ‘here’ exactly?”She asked.
on fourth, why, you gonna send in the cavalry to rescue me?”
Michael’s has a little alcove near the rear.I’ll bet that if you
go there you will find dad and maybe a couple of others nursing some water downed drinks talking.Maybe even playing cards.Now hang up and go check.I love you.”
you too.”Mulder wandered to the back and found his dad, Bill Mulder, Bill
Scully Sr., AD Skinner and Reggie Purdue and a pack of cards just like Scully said.
a bored out his skull bridegroom join?”
all gave him knowing smiles and Reggie moved over a chair.“I thought you
were supposed to be sowing your last wild oats?Won’t you be missed?”
guys in there are so wasted that I’m not even sure they remember who I am.”
spoke up.“I never did understand these bachelor party things.They just seem like a lot of trouble for a bad hangover on the one day you should remember.”
to mention the other inconveniences if things go too far.”Bill Scully
stood by in front of Father McCue with Reggie at his side.The string quartet
started and Grace appeared in the doorway.Scully had been torn between Grace,
her dearest friend, and her sister, Melissa or Missy as they called her, to stand up with her.Missy was the one to make the decision.She realized that she and Scully’s
relationship was strained the last couple years so she bowed out.
made her slow progress down the aisle and took her spot.The music changed and
everyone rose.Scully and her dad stood in the doorway and Mulder feared he was
going to faint; Scully looked magnificent.She had her hair up and it was adorned
with small flowers.Her dress was understated sexy and he saw the hint of a bump
at the tummy.The Kuiper pearls were strung four times around her neck then cascaded
down her back.Mulder realized the dress must be backless or nearly so.
reached the make-shift alter and Captain Scully kissed his daughter as he placed her hand in Mulder’s.In deference to Scully’s condition, they were seated during the ceremony.
ceremony, itself, was a lovely conglomeration of their two religions ending with Mulder stepping on the glass then the Rabbi
and Priest presented the couple to the audience.
and Scully sat and watched all the people.She wanted to mingle but her doctor
only allowed the walk down the aisle and one ‘slow’ dance with Mulder.
came up to them with their well wishes.Mulder got up to go get them some more
food while Scully remained.Suddenly a woman she didn’t know sat next to
her.She was dark, beautiful and she was glaring at Scully.
sorry; you must be from Mulder’s side.”Scully extended her hand
but the woman ignored it.
huffed at Scully’s comment.“I guess you could say I’m from
the Mulder side. I’m Fox’s wife.”
thought it as the same time she heard Mulder say, “Diana?”
Fox.”She turned toward Mulder and Scully knew her presence had been dismissed.
the hell do you think you’re doing here?”Mulder demanded, trying
desperately not to let his anger get out of hand.
just got back from Europe and I saw the announcement in the paper.I just had
to see who my replacement was.”
was Scully who continued.“Interesting, since there wasn’t an announcement
in the paper yet.”Diana just shrugged her shoulders but added no further
moved to his seat next to Scully and placed his arm around her shoulders possessively.Scully didn’t need the stress and he was sure Diana was here to cause trouble.“I think you should leave now.You’ve had your fun, now just
go.This is our wedding and I don’t want you to spoil it.”
her nasal voice pleaded.“I don’t want to spoil anything.I found out you were getting married and I, I don’t know, I just needed to see.”She pushed past Scully to put her hands on his chest.“One
dance, for old time’s sake?Please.”
smiled, hearing the insincerity under the innocent request.How had he ever been
fool enough to be taken in by her?
will only be dancing one dance this evening and that is with my wife.”
snickered and rose, taking Mulder’s hand with her.She looked back when
she realized he hadn’t stood.
said my wife,” Mulder pulled his hand from Diana’s grasp.“You
are not my wife, you never really were.”
and Skinner chose that moment to arrive.“Anything wrong?”Skinner asked.
turned back to Scully.“No, but Diana will be going.Would you mind escorting her to the door?”Both men
took a side and gently, but firmly pulled her to the exit.
opened her mouth to say something but Reggie stopped her.“This is beneath
even something like you.You blew it a long time ago Diana.You didn’t want him when you had him so just let him be happy.Dana makes him happy.”
was watching the door close in her face before she recovered from Reggie’s words.She turned and stormed to her car.This was not over.Little miss thing was not taking her place.And who the hell
ever said that Fox deserved to be happy?
looked at herself in the mirror.Where did she ever get the nerve to buy this
nightgown?She turned to look at the back view then back to the front.Whew!It left little to the imagination.Parts of it were so sheer that it just looked like her skin had changed color.She moved to take it off then stopped herself.
wasn’t like Mulder had never seen her naked, because he had, many times; many, many times.Besides, she had nothing else in the bathroom to change into.So
it was either this, which just made her look naked or actually being naked.
pulled her shoulders back and moved to open the door.
was sitting on the couch facing the fireplace.He readjusted his robe and pajama
bottoms at least a dozen times.He’d originally had the pajama tops on
too but one look in the mirror and he decided ‘dork’ was not a good look on him.He couldn’t believe how Diana tried to spoil their wedding.He was
so mad he almost spit.It was Scully’s quiet confidence in him that gave
him the strength to stand up to that woman.What had he ever seen in that woman?
would never forget how Scully salvaged the celebration for him.Reggie and Skinner
were pulling Diana away and he sat next to Scully.She gently placed her hand
on his arm and whispered, “I have to say, your taste in women has definitely improved.If I do say so myself.”
couldn’t help himself from laughing his fool head off.“God, I love
you.”He stood and held his hand out.“Care to dance, lovely lady?”
sound of the bathroom door opening brought his mind back to the present.Scully
was standing in the doorway.The bathroom light backlit her so she was more shadow
than substance.She moved slowly toward him and . . .Mulder’s conscious mind stopped completely.She was
the most beautiful sight he’d ever laid eyes on.Without thought as to
how he got there he suddenly was in front of her and lifting her gently in his arms.
Mrs. Mulder are, God, are there even words to describe how truly beautiful you are?”
laid her on the bed and joined her.
was unpacking the last box.It was the only box they’d let her pack and
now it was the only one they let her unpack.Her condition and her pregnancy
girth made everything difficult.She was no longer bed ridden but she was under
strict orders not to do too much.Mulder watched her like a hawk.
parent’s wedding present was a Georgetown townhouse.It had taken three
months to complete the renovations and another to actually move but now they were here.
looked around the room and fell in love with the old place again.It had three
floors above ground and the lower level that used to be the servant’s area back in the day. That is where the kitchen,
laundry and an assortment of odd little rooms, which at one time must have been bustling with activity, were.This floor had the dining room, front parlor, sun room, and library. Off the back, was a glass enclosed
porch.They were using the library as their bedroom until the baby came.
next floor had the master suite and three other bedrooms.The one closest to
the master suite was done up as the nursery.The top floor had once housed the
servant’s quarters and was still in need of renovation.Scully wasn’t
sure what to do with it so for now the rooms were empty except the odd thing here and there.She was thinking of making an apartment out of it for visiting relatives.
knock on the door startled her.Mulder had gone out to get something for lunch
and she wasn’t expecting anyone.
she made her way to the door while the knocking got increasingly insistent.She
opened the vestibule door and saw through the front glass; Diana.
she opened the door just enough to speak through.“How may I help you?”She asked, uncomfortable with being confronted by this woman again.
can get the hell out of my way.”Diana pushed the door back and strode
passed Scully, nearly knocking her down in the process.
moved to follow and Diana turned on her.Diana looked at Scully’s bulging
middle.“So that is how you trapped him.I suspected it had to be something like that.There was no way Fox would
want something like you.”She looked Scully up and down.
appreciates beautiful women. . .”
comments were ceased when they heard Mulder say, “One of the few things we had in common.”Neither woman heard him come in.He walked to Scully and took
her in his arms.“You jealous I finally found one?”He kissed his wife and smiled.“Go dish out lunch, this
won’t take long.”
watched Scully waddle toward the dining room. “Explain yourself, Diana.”He reached in his pocket and pulled out his cell phone.“Tell me
why I shouldn’t have you arrested?”
slithered toward him in a manner he once saw as sexy.He moved away and put the
phone to his ear.“Yes, this is Special Agent Fox Mulder of the FBI.I have a trespasser in my home.Her name
is Diana Fowley.I have reason to suspect that she has been stalking my wife
won’t get away with this Fox.I swear, you’ll see, you will see and
so will that little twit you are married to.”She stormed out of the house
just as the police sirens were heard in the distance.
of the policemen was someone that Mulder had worked with before, Sergeant Dan Michaels.Mulder related the story and told them about Diana crashing their wedding.“Also,
I think it would be interesting to know how she got this address since you just moved in.”Then he recommended that Mulder and Scully file a complaint so that something would be on file.
came back into the room with their heated up lunch.“Mulder, do you really
think it’s necessary to file a complaint against her.I mean don’t
you think it will make her madder?”
took Scully’s hand.“I think it’s just wise to be careful.”He moved to her side.“You said
that she almost caused you to fall.I don’t want to take any chances.”
was resting and Mulder was holding their new son, William Fox Mulder.They named
him after both of their fathers.He couldn’t take his eyes off of the small
bundle in his arms.
beautiful, isn’t he?”Scully’s tired voice interrupted his
really is, Scully.”Suddenly he couldn’t stop the tears from streaming
down his face.“Thank you, Scully.”He choked out.“Thank you for William, for being you and for loving
me.Just, thank you.”
you too, Mulder.I really feel that if not for you this,” she took the
baby’s tiny fingers in her hand.“This little miracle would never
nurse noticed the dark haired woman watching the newborns.She seemed to be interested
in the Mulder child.There was something about the woman that bothered her.Her eyes looked almost manic.
caught up with Mulder as he was entering the hospital.Mulder had gone home to
shower and change.He’d hoped to be taking his little family home today
but Scully’s labor had been really difficult and with all the problems she’d experienced during the pregnancy
her doctor wanted to keep her a day or two.
got to the nursery and saw William’s bassinette was empty.“Must
be with Scully.”Mulder said, unconcerned.
entered Scully’s room and saw that William was not with her.Frohike placed
the flowers he’d brought on the dresser.Mulder gave him a look and excused
himself.Frohike kept Scully occupied while Mulder checked on William.
was missing.Skinner had two agents on the hospital video tape.The staff was keeping Scully sedated so they didn’t have to tell her until it was absolutely necessary.Mulder was going out of his mind.
walked up to Mulder and Reggie, who’d come to help anyway he could.“Mulder,
Reggie the examination of the video showed Diana Fowley taking William.
sank to the chair with a deep wail.Reggie put his hand on Mulder’s shoulder
and shook him.“Mulder, you’ve used that brilliant mind of yours
to solve any number of crimes.Now use it to get your son back.”Mulder looked up at Reggie.“Where would she go?How did she get out of the hospital?Come
voice was weak but Reggie knew the look in Mulder’s eyes.This was going
to be good.Mulder turned to Skinner, “did they see her leaving the building
on any of the videos?”
pulled out his cell and called the techs.“No, they checked all the tapes
of the exits and didn’t see her.Does this mean she’s still on the
think so.”Mulder hit his head, why hadn’t he thought of having someone
watch the baby? “Sir, call security and get blue prints of the hospital.”
searched the hospital but it was luck that allowed them to locate Diana and William in less than an hour.A maintenance man had gone down to check a pipe that had been repaired two days earlier and he heard a
was sitting in the hospital laundry.William was crying and she couldn’t
get him to stop.
approached cautiously.“Diana, give him to me.”
“Fox!I got our child.See, now you can have
this child and me too.You no longer have to pretend to love that woman.I know she trapped you but now you can be done with her.We can be together again, just like it’s supposed to be.”
was delusional but he knew he couldn’t risk upsetting her further.
I hold him?” Mulder tried to keep from sounding desperate.
looked perplexed; her eyes darted between William and Mulder.Mulder used her
momentary confusion to move closer, ever cautious of his child.
think he looks like me, don’t you agree, Fox?”Mulder nodded and
held out his arms and tenderly took William; the child stopped crying immediately.As
soon as Mulder secured the baby Reggie and Skinner descended on her and Mulder walked away oblivious to Diana’s screamed
walked into Scully’s room just as she was waking.William was snuggled
into his shoulder.
handed him to Scully and she took him to her breast where the child greedily gorged himself on his mother’s milk.
what’s wrong?What happened?”
sat on the bed and watched his two most loved people and said a silent thanks to whoever watched over them.
was Diana. . .”He relayed the day’s horrors.By the time he finished so had William.
and Reggie came in as Scully finished righting her gown.“Diana Fowley
is in custody.She’d convinced herself that William was her baby, hers
and yours, Mulder.”
stood over William’s crib just watching him sleep; something, that Scully pointed out, had quickly become his favorite
nighttime activity.Scully’s voice beckoned him from their room.Mulder picked up the baby monitor and said quietly, “I’ll be right there.”Another look at their child and he wanted to cry.They’d
almost lost him.
he’d testified in Diana’s competency hearing.She was found to be
unable to stand trial due to mental instability.Three days after the incident
in the hospital Mulder had been called to her apartment.Diana’s walls
were covered with pictures of Scully and he.Scully’s face was cut off
and Diana’s was glued on.She must have been stalking them for nearly a
year; even before the pregnancy.”
showed that she’d returned from Europe fifteen months earlier.Further
examination produced documentation from three separate Private Investigators.The
dossiers they found included Skinner, Reggie and his wife, the entire Scully family and Scully.The whole mess sent a chill through him just thinking about it.
Scully’s lilting voice drifted down the hallway.
entered their room and saw the light from the bathroom through the partially opened door.
you almost done in there?”
be out in a minute.Did I tell you I took Will in for his check-up?”She asked.
I forgot about that.”Mulder was a little angry with himself for forgetting.He started pulling down the coverlet from the bed.
doctor said that everything is fine.He’s right where he’s supposed
great, Scu. . .”Mulder’s words were choked off as he looked toward
the door to see Scully standing there in the gown she wore on their wedding night.“Sc.
. .” he paused and tried again.“Scully?”
went to the doctor today too.”She answered his unasked question.
really?”Mulder was starting to catch on.
answered with a saucy smile and move toward him.
rea. . .” Mulder started but this time his words were cut off by Scully’s lips as she pulled him to her.
surveyed the damage.His clothes were tossed in all directions.Scully’s magnificent nightgown was down for the count.It
would have to be retired but it will always hold a place of honor in the Mulder-Scully household.
limp body was slung over his limp body like a silk blanket.He picked up the
remnants of the once beautiful gown.Scully reached out and fingered the gentle
fabric.“I’m sorry about the nightgown, Scully.”
not.”She replied as she dropped the bits of torn gossamer.
gave its life for the greater good.Wouldn’t you agree, Mulder?”She began climbing down his torso, trailing wet kisses as she went.“And this promises to be even better.”
dropped the gown and answered with a very inarticulate “Gunh.”
reminding you of another favorite nighttime activity, Mulder.”